Logo - springer
Slogan - springer

Social Sciences | International Handbook of Chinese Families

International Handbook of Chinese Families

Kwok-bun, Chan (Ed.)

2013, XVII, 689 p. 49 illus.

Available Formats:

Springer eBooks may be purchased by end-customers only and are sold without copy protection (DRM free). Instead, all eBooks include personalized watermarks. This means you can read the Springer eBooks across numerous devices such as Laptops, eReaders, and tablets.

You can pay for Springer eBooks with Visa, Mastercard, American Express or Paypal.

After the purchase you can directly download the eBook file or read it online in our Springer eBook Reader. Furthermore your eBook will be stored in your MySpringer account. So you can always re-download your eBooks.


(net) price for USA

ISBN 978-1-4614-0266-4

digitally watermarked, no DRM

Included Format: PDF and EPUB

download immediately after purchase

learn more about Springer eBooks

add to marked items


Hardcover version

You can pay for Springer Books with Visa, Mastercard, American Express or Paypal.

Standard shipping is free of charge for individual customers.


(net) price for USA

ISBN 978-1-4614-0265-7

free shipping for individuals worldwide

usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days

add to marked items

  • Offers a global and comparative perspective of the Chinese family
  • Provides an international and interdisciplinary authorship; includes fatherhood issues in Chinese families; and highlights family economic transitions
  • Explores consequences of the one-child policy

International Handbook of Chinese Families
Chan Kwok-bun, editor

The globalization and mobility trends of recent years continue to add new layers of nuances to the already diverse human experience.Nowhere is this clearer than the Chinese diaspora in the Pacific Rim and North America, which witnesses a wide variety of social issues from the effects of migration on family stability, to elusive concepts of identity among people living in non-Chinese communities, to complex gender and generation politics—issues that have also begun to affect life on the mainland.

The International Handbook of Chinese Families delves into these processes of social transformation in meticulous, far-reaching detail. Focusing on the family life cycle, parent-child relationships, family forms in transition including divorce and separation, migration, emerging research methodologies, and policy concerns,the Handbook highlights diverse populations, including mobile entrepreneurs, college students, fathers, immigrants and re-migrants, same-sex families, divorcees, and the aging. And since the coverage emphasizes families both on and away from the mainland, readers have uncommon access to immediate and long-developing issues, country-specific and worldwide patterns, and the conflict between longstanding tradition and rapid change.

A sampling of topics featured in the Handbook:

  • Gender preference for children among Chinese-Americans.
  • Mainland Chinese immigrant families in Singapore.
  • Empowered or impoverished? Effects of divorce on urban women in China and Canada.
  • Contemporary Chinese fathers in Canada.
  • Social networks and family relationships in return migration.
  • Impact of the one-child policy on Chinese families.

This vast array of subjects makes the Handbook a rich trove of findings for researchers studying family development, Chinese family and immigrant experience, globalization, and related topics.

A landmark in Chinese family studies, the Handbook is unsurpassed in breadth and depth in its attempt to examine the intimate relations between social theory,research methodology and public policies. It sets the stage for how the Chinese family world-wide  will be approached,studied, understood—for change in a quickly globalized world.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Chinese childrearing - Chinese diaspora - Chinese education - Chinese family - Chinese fathers - Chinese marital relationships - One child policy

Related subjects » Psychotherapy & Counseling - Social Policy / Labor / Population Economics - Social Sciences

Table of contents / Sample pages 

Popular Content within this publication 



Read this Book on Springerlink

Services for this book

New Book Alert

Get alerted on new Springer publications in the subject area of Sociology, general.